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Dec

Centaur Spotlight: Thereus

Thumbnail-HeliosHelios– Coiled up, the predator stalks his prey through the brush. Keeping a low profile and sticking to the shadows, he sits lying in wait, waiting for his meal to get just close enough so he can take it down. In that moment they are locked in a dance, that moment of sublime and ecstatic tension, they are more intimate than lovers- even if only one of them knows it…

The Astronomy– 32532 Thereus is a centaur asteroid. Discovered in 2001 by the JPL NEAT Program at Palomar Observatory near Pauma Valley, California. Thereus has a period of 34 years, 248 days. It has an orbit characterized by a semi-major axis equal to 10.6219753 AU and an eccentricity of 0.1987913, 20.37800 ° inclined to the ecliptic.

The Myth– Thereus was one of the Thessalian centaurs, a hunter who dragged bears out of their dens and carried them home alive to his cave. The best known story about these centaurs is when they were invited to attend the wedding of their half-brother Peirithos, the Lapith king. The centaurs became drunk and attempted to carry off the bride and the female guests. In the battle which ensued the centaurs were all but wiped out. Most likely Thereus was among the number killed.

Why He Matters– Okay, so all of the Centaurs have this vein of wildness and recklessness running through their stories- its what unites them. Thereus seems to represent the strength of the wild man, and strength in general. He is very much like Toro and Heracles in that regard. He is the archetype of the mercenary, the soldier of fortune. Thereus is the energy that wants to test ones’ strength against others, challenging the best so that he can get to and stay at the top of the mountain. This centaur is also highly connected to waiting, as in waiting to pounce and leap on your enemies. He has a very strategic mode, and is constantly plotting on the best course of action open to him. He is a force that hangs to the edges, watching and observing, waiting for the opportune moment.

To find out where he shows up in your chart, go to astro.com, put in your birth details and in the extended options, all the way at the bottom of the next page, there will be a menu of additional objects. Under that is a blank space where you can enter the number 32532, for Thereus. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Thereus affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!